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Old 03/29/2006, 02:16 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Understanding Depth of Field

In our reef photography dealing most times in macro, understanding and using Depth of Field is key. It can make an OK shot look stunning, and it's really not hard to understand.

Put simply Depth of Field (DOF) is what is IN FOCUS, and in focus in-front and behind the point of focus. And Hyperfocal Distance is what is between the two.

"The term "Depth of Field" describes the range in a photograph, from near to far, that appears to be in focus. Everyone knows that the more a lens is stopped down, (f/8, f/11, f/16) the more depth of field there will be, (true). Most people also believe that wide angle lenses have more depth of field than telephoto lenses (false). Let's see what the facts really are, and why."

Understanding Depth of Field

Another DOF Tutorial

OnLine DOF and Hyperfocal Distance Calculator

f/Calc A calculator program (free) for photographic formulas.

Understanding simple things can turn snapshots into photographs...

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